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Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich
NAO Masters (2002), Cannes FRA, rd 2, Feb-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-02  knight: The sacrifice of the b-pawn will soon disappear from grandmaster chess in my opinion.
Oct-26-04  clocked: Bacrot and Anand didn't stop. As to sacrificing the b,c,d,f AND h-pawn, well...

18...e4 is meet by 19.g4!

22...Ng6!? 23.Nxf8?! Ne5!

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  plang: Played in the second round; the previous day Morozovich had introduced 13..h6!? (13..exd and 13..Bxf3 are the main lines) against Topalov and White had gone on to win a closely contested game. Topalov had played 14 dxe; here Leko played the more ambitious 14 d5. 13..h6 has not been repeated since these two games. Morozovich spent 55 minutes before playing 16..Nxe4!?. 18..e4 19 g4..fxg 20 Nh2..Nf5 21 hxg..Qh4 22 gxh..Bxf2 23 Qg4..Ng3+ 24 Kg2..Nxf1 25 Qxh4..Bxh4 26 Nxf1..Rf2+ 27 Kh3..Rxf1 28 Kxh4..Rxb5 29 Bxe4 would have led to a big advantage for White. The alternative 22 g3..Bg4! would have given Black a strong attack. 22..Rfc8 23 Bd7..Rc4 24 Bf4 and the rook on c4 would have been in danger anyway so Black gave up the exchange. 25..g5? was a blunder but White still would have been in control after 25..Ng6 26 Ra4..f4 27 Bd7..Ne5 28 Be6+..Kh8 29 Bg4..Bxg4 30 hxg..Nxg4 31 fxg..f3+ 32 Qxf3..Rxf3 33 Kxf3.

Morozovich was not able to recover from these two initial losses and finished last in the ten player round robin (Topalov and Gelfand tied for first).

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